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use going camping. the propane tanks had pipes with shotgun shells attached to them. he also had two pipe bombs that contained fireworks-type explosives. >> reporter: for nearly four hours, lee held a security guard and two employees hostage. when an nbc news producer called discovery's general line, lee picked up the telephone and started talking. >> i have a gun and i have a bomb. i have several bombs strapped to my body, ready to go off. i have a device that if i drop it, if i drop it, it -- i'll [ bleep ] explode. >> reporter: the standoff came to an end when police say lee pointed a gun at the hostages, promming s.w.a.t. team members to open fire. lee was killed. overnight, police continued to collect physical in evidence the building. officers could be seen in the lobby and searching the bushes around the entrance. as morning wore on, investigators loaded bags and boxes of evidence into a waiting van. a section of wayne avenue remains closed this morning. while the building has been given the all-clear, police continue to control the lobby area where the confrontation took plac
the guns that the suspect had have now been told to us to be starter pistols. starter pistols. the kind of pistols people use when they set off a race or a track meet or something like that. the pipe bombs that he had attached to his body, they're said to be lethal. they searched that suspect's house in wheaton. they said they found four more devices which they removed from the house and safely detonated. little by little, we're learning more and more about how this hostage incident played out. this is what the lobby of the discovery building looked like today after that police takedown of a suspect in the hostage situation. it all came down yesterday around lunch time. 1:00 p.m. police descend on the discovery channel headquarters in silver spring. an armed man takes three people hostage. chief tom manger said he had a feeling it was not going to end well. >> he had a wide range of emotions. he was up, he was down, he would come down a little sometime. we weren't making progress. >> reporter: the suspect, james jay lee, threatened to kill the hostages, threatened to kill hims
't be swept away by the surf. the mayor spoke to us after one of his daily briefings by the emergency management team. >> the beach is going to be rough. the surf, we are going to see erosion. we are going to keep people out of the surf. beach patrol will be on duty at 5:00. the beach is open. we are restricting access to the surf. we will continue to do it throughout the day and theÑi >> reporter: you are looking live at a kite on the ocean city beach showing the innovation of some of the visitors. if you are given lemons, make lemonade. the mayor says that he believes the storm will be passing by 5:00 tonight. as you can see, the wind and rain returned. we are gettingxd conditions as d as they have been as we are broadcasting to you live on midday news 4 at 11:00. it's the situation here in ocean city. >> looks like a good day for kite flying. i can see a kite flying behind you, chris. >> reporter: they have had a couple out here. you know, we have people enjoying the day, the natural wonder of it all coming out. it's especially good it's not followed by days of cloudiness and rain
the defense secretary robert gates is in iraq meeting with u.s. troops as they formally end their combat mission there. gates's plan touched down hours after president obama told americans it was time to turn the page on iraq. fewer than 50 nourks troops rema remain. president obama did not declare victory in iraq but did say the u.s. gave the iraqi people a chance to shape their future. tracie potts has the latest from washington. >> reporter: now with the military operation in iraq over, president obama says our next big mission is right here at home. >> the american combat mission in iraq has ended. >> reporter: with dwcombat troo out of iraq, he announced a new mission. >> restore our economy and put the millions of americans back to work. >> reporter: he blamed massive deficits of financing a decade of war with borrowed money. his focus now, jobs and afghanistan. >> open-ended war serves neither our interests nor the afghan peoples. >> reporter: republicans criticize the president for opposing the bush surge that turned it around in iraq. >> some leaders who fought tooth and nail to
is in charge. that area of high pressure is getting a little bit closer to us. temperatures up close to 80 degrees. mid-80s tomorrow. for those of you that just assist on more summer, we have at least a couple more chances for 90-degree days before this week after labor day is done. >> still looks good all in all. >> we like it for now. >> thank you, chuck. >> all right. >> new today, a family in d.c. is facing a terrible loss this morning. an early morning fire burned their home. the two-alarm blazed happened on minnesota avenue northeast. derrick ward joins us live from northeast this morning with the latest. day, i understand the roof caved in because of the fire? >> reporter: indeed, it d. there was no one at home at the time and no one was injured. firefighters remain here as this fire on minnesota area just adjacent to the subway station. it happened almost five hours ago and just stopped smoldering. it was about 4:30 when it started to burn. neighbors were a wanged by faulty electrical service. lines burned and shorted out. neighbors tell us they came out and they were met by intens
of the afternoon. most of us will stay completely dry. there have been a few random rain drops in the panhandle of west virginia and far southern pennsylvania. but on thehole good weather for today. no rain threat for the redskins and the texans. >> good to hear it. thanks, chuck. >>> in our headlines now after almost five months there appears to be good newsfrom the gulf. the deepwater horizon well is almost officially closed. scientists confirm theractured rig is sealed off forever. the end of the leak doesn't mean the end of major problems in the gulf. nbc's jay gray has more now from venice, louisiana. >> reporter: the final pressure test should be over now but there's still no word on sults or if the well has been officially killed. in the final hours on the primary relief well after pumping in 74 barrels of cement and making sure it was set there was a sense of confidence and pride. >> the fact that it has done so much damage, the fact that we were able to help solve and fix something that so many people wanted and needed it. >> reporter: but sealing the well won't solve the problem so ma
was craigslist was being used as a medium, as a vehicle for people to commit illegal acts. >> reporter: they removed the section from the site two weeks after attorneys general demanded its removal. doug is among 17 top trors who wanted craigslist to stop kaufrg what he called an online brothel. >> there were literally women for sale. it was an online brothel going on. we told craigslist, you have to stop this. this is facilitating crime. >>reporter: there have been numerous police investigations of victims who met their attackers on site. montgomery coun montgomery county firefighter met a 16-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover officer. cathy lynn near told news 4, i am glad to hear the feature was removed. although there are many other places predators will look to exploit young victims, this takes at least one out of play. >> it's definitely a step in the right direction. >> reporter: in prince george's county numerous cases have been. >> host are human trafficking or child exploitation involving motels and such stem from craigslist interaction. >> reporter: darcy spenc
the storm but we get the benefit of a storm having moved through. >> that's right. it's clearing us out. >> all right. thank you, kim. >>> what is now tropical storm earl continues to head north this morning. the once powerful category 4 hurricane has only weakened and only grazed much of the eastern seaboard. the tropical storm caused only minor damage as it passed through overnight. earl first struck the outer banks of north carolina as a category 2 storm with heavy winds and rain. it caused some flooding there but for the most part earl stayed off shore leaving behind little damage. >> the surface comes up a lot. there's definitely rip tide out there and we're definitely seeing beach erosion. >> still, they are experiencing high surf and rip currents. forecasters say that it should move over nova scotia later today. >> it's going to be a very crowded weekend on area highways. 700,000 people will travel more than 80 miles this weekend. 34,000 people will fly. aaa says ocean city, bethany, and virginia beach are the most popular driving destinations for our area. >>> now to the discove
the outer banks expected overnight tonight and into the morning. lynn? >> kristen dahlgren there for us in north carolina. kristen, thank you. >>> police in maryland shot and killed an armed gunman who took three hostages inside the maryland headquarters of the discovery channel yesterday. court records show the 43-year-old radical environmentalist began protesting against the cable tv channel two years ago, hoping to convince executives to devote more programming time to environmental issues. nbc's brian mooar has our report. >> reporter: for four terrifying hours, a gunman carrying what looked like bombs held three hostages inside the discovery channel building just outside the nation's capital. negotiations with 43-year-old james j. lee broke down. authorities say they had to open fire after he made an aggressive move with his gun. >> he pulled out the handgun that he came in with and pointed it at one of the hostages. at that point, our tactical units moved in. they shot the suspect. the suspect is deceased. >> reporter: most of the hundreds of people inside the building had no clue
a month ago and now h seems to be doing it within a matter of days. that concerns us. >> reporter: in each case the robber brandishes a knife, grabs cash from the register, and runs away. >> establishments seem to be centered around route 28. so anyone who shops or does business on route 28, we ask you to keep your eyes and ears open. call us if you see anything unusual. >> reporter: so far no one has been injuredn any of these robberies but police are concerned that the suspect could become violent. if you have any information or recognize the person in the surveillan video, you're asked to call police in loudoun or fairfax county. in ashburn, darcy spencer, news 4. >>> after almost five months there appears to an end in sight with bp's blownout oil well. we're taking a look. crews are pumping in cement to seal the well from the bought a.m. and officials say that has hardened just fine. pressure and weight test is all that's needed to be sure it's permanently closed. an announcement is expected to come today. >> the picture from underwater hasn't always been perfect but it's been interes
. at this point no suspects are in stody. >>> tonight, police have released the name of the armed man shot by u.s. capital police steps away from the capitol ilding. 29 year old john wesley wheeler of maryland. he pulled his gun on a group of police officers before he was shot and wounded help cheeler is charged with assault with intent to kill and other federal charges as well. >>> threecorner grocery stores and a fast-food restaurants. police believe all five 06 these northern virginia businesses were targets of the same robber. a similar method was used in each holdup. >> reporter: this armed robber has struck five businesses since late july. three of them have been haircuttery salons. police say the surveillance video shows a serial armed robber purling a knife while 408ding up a haircuttery salon. he swiped money from cash registers at businesses in fairfax and always string between late morning and early aftnoon. >> we're working closely with the county detectives on this because he, obviously, sees no jurisdictional boundaries so neither can we. >> reporter: pice say the robber started the
us from annandale, virginia. that's where this morning's floods took a dangerous turn. >> reporter: here in northern have virginia as we s throughout the rest of the area a big mess with plenty of roadslosed throughout the area. and here on this road another example why you should not try your hand at high water. it was a wet, long, miserable morning commute that started for a lot of drivers on thinner loop of the beltway after a tractor-trailer jackknifed. it happened just before 5:00 a.m. fuel poured from the truck causing major backups throughout theorning commute. meanile, in annaale and wood burn road a vdot worker says a husband and wife drove through the roadblock and tried to t through this standing water but didn't make it. they both had to be rescued. the water stood as high as two feet on the far side and was about at a foot and a half on e sides t driver tried to go through. >> and i work right off wood burn road so i'm worried about what sections are cut off right now. so i haven't been down there. i'm wondering what it's like. >> reporter: as crews surveyed flood-pron
outside and see what's going on. we've got gray skies throughout the ea. meanwhile, points south of us, they've been getting heavy rain. miami, florida, look at the rainfall, 4.12 inches of rain. that's pretty common in areas of southern florida. so where is this system right now? well, it's between cuba and miami right now. it's just on the south side. so they've been getting the heavy rain working right up on the atlantic side of florida, even rain coming into areas like jacksonville, florida. you can see that onshore circulation from palm bay down to miami. now, that's assocated with tropical storm nicole that got named shortly after 11:00 a.m. this morning but look at the rain around north carolina. that's a separate low pressure system. and at's what's going to be aiding in our troubles here, the fact that we're getting really soaked right now, som of those spots down south. so then we're going to see training tomorrow with areas getting just soaked and then soaked again. one to two inchesnd the another one to two inches. this goes down through north carolina. so here' what we're
on the beach ahead of the storm. >> tom kierein joins us now to see if the storms will affect our weather. >> it certainly is for our viewers that live on the bay and the eastern shore tomorrow. as we take a look at the satellite view, earl does continue to intensify. it is a powerful storm with winds of 140-mile-an-hour. we'll get the latest updated track in about 20 minutes and i'll show that you. here's the latest track, category 4 storm, winds moving north/northwest at 16. that would bring it right near cape hatteras by around midnight tonight. and by 8:00 on friday morning, it would be just to the east of aci teague about and just by noon friday, just east of the delaware bay. and by 8:00 p.m. friday, just off of long island right near martha's vineyard and nantucket and later friday night moving over eastern new england, cape cod and then moving away. it does appear it could be brushing right along our atlantic seaboard tomorrow. there is a hurricane watch out where you see those areas in pink and it includes mouth of the delaware bay all the way over to the delaware beach. temperat
that used the word for the ocean roiling. i never heard that term before. but this ocean has been roiling since we got here. >> reporter: and roiling waters and storm predictions were all the governor of north carolina needed to declare a state of emergency. >> people are telling us tonight, based on predictor models, that it's just going to come close to our coast, we've all got to be very sensitive to the fact that in a blink of an eye, it changes. >> reporter: the last big storm to hit north carolina, hurricane isabel in 2003, killed at least 16 and caused $3.4 billion in damage on its path up the eastern u.s. >> between the personnel, the vehicles, and also four warehouses fully stocked with blankets and food and water. the red cross is ready. >> reporter: while earl is stirring up a sense of urgency down below, it's also creating a sense of wonder from above. >> the strength of the storm looks just absolutely amazing. just unbelievable view of the planet. you have to wonder what's going on below those clouds. >> reporter: and, of course, the question is, where is earl going? we've go
services section. today they got results. darcy spencer joins us in the studio now with more on this story. darcie? >> maryland's attorney general told me craigslist needed to take this action. it's a site where kids can trade be baseball cards, you can buy a couch and engauge in prostitution. and that's just wrong. when you go on the popular website craigslist, one feature is now gone, where he used to be able to click on adult services, it now says sensored. >> this is what we asked them to do. this is what we asked them to do. this is not a gray area. craigslist was being used as a medium, as a vehicle for people to commit illegal acts. >> craigslist removed the adult services section from the site two weeks after attorneys general from across the country demanded its removal. maryland attorney general is among 17 top prosecutors who wanted craigslist to stop offering an online brothel. >> on craigslist, there were literally women for sale. there was an online brothel going on. we told craigslist, look, have you to stop this, this is facilitating a crime. >> reporter: in the metro area,
in less than two weeks. >>> ahead on "news 4 today." how nasa is using earl as an opportunity to learn things. >> we'll look at the damage earl has caused along the north carolina coast. >>> it's risky business, one store is not open yet and already getting a lot of attention in virginia. >>> a look ahead to the weekend as well as a check of the traffic. stay with u >>> hurricane earl is now pounding the outer banks with heavy rain and strong winds. the radar showing the center of circulation is 50 miles to the southeast of cape hatteras. right now, right at the nags head beach, they just had a gust over 60 miles per hour, getting very heavy rain. it should be raining in ocean city pretty soon. we are getting a few sprinkles around the metro area. light rain in the northern neck of virginia and on the lower eastern shore at this time. we'll have highs climbing out of the 70s where we are now to the upper 80s. maybe a little sun back this afternoon. there is a chance of a passing shower. great weather for the holiday weekend. a look into the next week in 10 minutes. >> ashley, how's tra
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